Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ron Paul vs. Rick Santorum - Who Should a Catholic Choose?

Tom Woods presents a solid case why Catholics might favor Ron Paul (a Christian Presbyterian) over Rick Santorum, who happens to be Catholic as their choice for President.

I will be submitting my own Catholic case for Ron Paul in the coming days.

Update: My Catholic Case for Ron Paul can be found here.

3 comments:

  1. First I must say that I was appalled to watch a video of Ron Paul explaining that conception begins only after implantation of the fertilized egg. He supports giving drugs to women in the first few days to induce abortion if they have been raped. Can any good Catholic espouse this?
    Second, before you write off Rick Santorum about what he says about Libertarianism (actually he has a problem with its origin and abuses) perhaps you should listen to what John C. Medaille writes about it:
    'One of the more egregious examples of Liberalism masquerading as “conservatism” is known as Austrian Libertarianism, an economic and social philosophy that traces to Ludwig von Mises and his student Murray Rothbard. It is not an idle charge that Mises considered himself a product of the Enlightenment, a “man of 1789” (the French Revolution); this he says himself. The question, therefore, is not whether Mises is the very embodiment of Liberalism; Mises did not dispute this and in fact boasted of it. The real question is whether the philosophy he represents can in any way be reconciled to the Catholic faith and serve as a basis for the understanding of Catholic Social Teaching, or indeed of anything Catholic or even Christian.

    As one who has studied Mises and his work, I find his economics useless and his philosophy jejune. But the academies are full of jejune and useless doctrines, and it just doesn’t do to get too upset by any one of them. So why should a book dedicated to refuting his work and Austrian libertarianism in general be of particular interest to Catholics? Because Austrianism has insinuated itself into the struggle over the interpretation of Catholic Social Teaching, in ways that in fact subvert that teaching, even to the point of rendering the Gospel null and void.

    That, of course, is a serious charge, and should only be made on serious and overwhelming evidence. That is the burden of Christopher Ferrara’s book 'The Church and the Libertarian', and it is a burden that he has met and even surpassed. Those who find Austrianism a useful interpretation of the Church’s teaching should give careful consideration to Mr. Ferrara’s presentation. He has done the Church a great service with this well-researched and well-reasoned discussion.'
    What we really need is a politician who is brave enough to stand up for the economic and social philosophy that Pope Leo XIII wrote about in his encyclical: Rerum Novarum which has a third way: Distributism which is basically Capitalism with morality, and not just Capitalism on a runaway to train to greed.

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    1. While I am a Catholic and believe in the Church's teachings and do my best to follow them. However, I recognize that other people in this country (and around the world) may disagree with me. So, it comes down to a question of ETHICS and not what one religion says about what is a crime versus what is a sin.

      I for one am 100% pro-life (against abortion, against capital punishment, and am strongly anti-war). It baffles me when so many Catholics are against abortion yet don't bat a single eye when it comes to the collateral damage, death, and destruction wars have affected millions of lives. Ron Paul has delivered 4000 babies and seems to back up his pro-life bona fides with not just rhetoric, but with action. Rape and Incest is a difficult issue since an act of violence and aggression has occurred against an unwilling and unsuspecting victim. Ron Paul is simply following what he believes the Non-Aggression Axiom calls for in regards to Rape and Incest. While I understand some Catholic may disagree with him on whether it is right to pseudo-abort a fetus and potential person after such an act, the question is what punishment through the use of force should happen in such a case if a mother or doctor commits such an act. Seeing as we live in a huge nation of different tastes, preferences, ethnic groups, and most importantly NORMS, I believe smaller jurisdictions should handle these cases since they would best reflect the norms closest to the people versus a one-size fits all monolith. In that sense, Ron Paul is the most pro-life since this would have an immediate effect of overturning the egregious jurisprudence of Roe vs. Wade.

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    2. To your point about Austro-libertarianism and Mises being a "Liberal", I think you need to do some homework on what is meant by the meaning of "Liberal" in the classic sense. He was a champion of liberty and a fierce critic of all things Socialism. If this makes any of this ethical writings inconsistent with the framework of Catholicism, I don't have a clue why that would be.

      Murray Rothbard is the best Aristotelian-Thomist I have ever read and much of his framework was influenced by that of Natural Law, which I think might be a tinsy winsy bit compatible with the ethics championed by Catholics. Obviously, I do disagree with Rothbard on a few things, but his grasp of an ethical foundation built upon voluntary association and non-aggression is completely in line with Catholic thought and teaching.

      As for economics, I don't find it surprising you are "unimpressed" by the Austrian school based on your comments, but I would challenge you to come up with a single argument of what you object to or find contemptuous. Would it be Usury? Minimum Wage Laws? Unions or Guilds? Fiat-Money? Sorry, I know your arguments and it's a futile attempt to impress anyone.

      Chris Ferrara's book is very predictable in it's attempt to belittle Libertarians. I would come up with some original objections to his book, but Tony Flood (http://anarcho-catholic.blogspot.com/) has already demolished his book from beginning to end.

      And, Dr. Tom Woods has already smashed the fallacies of Distributism. http://www.thefreemanonline.org/features/the-fallacies-of-distributism/

      Good Day and thank you for the comment.

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